Greatest Ever! Rock Anthems
The effusively titled Greatest Ever! Rock Anthems features 56 tracks spanning three discs. While the term "rock anthem" may not apply to everything here (Alien Ant Farm's silly cover of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" is just silly, while Iggy Pop's "Wild One (Real Wild Child)" is the least representative single of his career), there are enough mainstream classics from the likes of Blue Öyster Cult ("Don't Fear the Reaper"), Mott the Hoople ("All the Young Dudes"), and T. Rex ("Children of the Revolution") to earn the exclamation point. Also, kudos to the compilers for including the Mission UK's mammoth, life-affirming "Tower of Strength," which is hilariously sandwiched between the "Ace of Spades" and "Sweet Home Alabama."